Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 7


David Bryan

Born on this day:
1948, Jimmy Greenspoon, organ, Three Dog Night
1962, David Bryan, keyboards, Bon Jovi
1962, Garth Brooks, country singer
1974, Danny Goffey, drums, Supergrass
1975, Wes Borland, guitar, Limp Bizkit

Rock Pills:
1963, The Blues By Six and The Rolling Stones appeared at The Manor House in London. Ticket prices were 4 shillings (roughly $.56).

1964, Pan Am flight 101, carrying The Beatles on their first trip to the U.S., was greeted by over 5,000 rabid Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport.

1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the U.K. after living in Australia for nine years.

1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first U.K. #1 album with Led Zeppelin II. Featuring the U.S. single “Whole Lotta Love,” it stayed on the chart for 138 weeks on its way to selling over 6 million copies in the U.S.

1970, One-hit-wonders Shocking Blue went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Venus,” making them the first Dutch act to top the U.S. charts; the single also climbed to #8 in the U.K. Bananarama took the song to #8 on the U.K. chart in 1986.

1976, Bob Dylan started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Desire, his second U.S. chart-topper.

1979, Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment. The session took place at Record Plant Studio in Los Angeles.

Led Zeppelin
1980, Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold-out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

1987, George Michael and Aretha Franklin were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).” Written by Simon Climie, it gave Aretha her first #1 U.K. hit almost 20 years after her first hit.

1989, Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill making Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” the state's official rock song.

1999, Blondie went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Maria,” giving the group their 6th #1 U.K. single (20 years after their first). At 54, lead singer Debbie Harry also became the oldest female to hit #1.

2000, 28-year old Big Punisher died of a heart attack. His second album, Yeeeah Baby, which he completed before his death, peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts.

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